Portugal shatters daily coronavirus record with 4,007 more infections

Portugal on Saturday posted a new record of daily COVID-19 infections with another 39 deaths, over 4,007 new infections and 286 patients in intensive care, as government officials meet to discuss implementing new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

“We are facing a long race, and therefore we cannot use up all our efforts or all our measures in the first instance,” Antonio Costa said on Thursday.

The government is considering closing bars and restaurants in the first two weeks of December but is not considering shutting down schools again. A curfew between 11 pm and 6 am is also on the table.

The country announced a state of calamity earlier this month on October 14, imposing masks in public spaces when distance recommended by the authorities is not possible and limiting gatherings to five people. The government also banned movement between municipalities between October 30 to November 3 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Portugal has confirmed a total of 141,279 cases and 2,507 deaths, according to the latest figures by the directorate-general of health.

Portugal initially won praise for its efforts in combating the coronavirus but is now struggling to combat a spike in cases, along with other European countries.

Countries across the continent are looking to impose tougher measures and are facing backlash, with Portugal recently scrapping a plan to make a COVID tracing app mandatory following an outcry.